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Students Take On the Mutt-i-grees® Mission

Throughout the month of May, Mutt-i-grees students in 30 cities and 17 states, from Hawaii to New York, took part in 2016’s Mission Mutt-i-grees®, a versatile service-learning component of the popular Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum. For the second consecutive year, Mission Mutt-i-grees coincided with North Shore Animal League America’s nationwide Tour For Life®, a major pet adoption effort that generated responsible, loving homes for more than 2,300 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens from local shelters and rescue groups across the country.

An ideal complement to Tour For Life, Mission Mutt-i-grees encourages activism and volunteerism in students ages 5 to 18, providing the means to cultivate caring and compassionate future leaders while teaching 21st century skills. Working together, students and teachers develop ideas, create events, and bring them to life in their schools and communities. As Mission Mutt-i-grees 2016 drew to a close, all participating groups received a special banner in recognition of their successful work.

This year's projects were not only clever and fun, but also effective, yielding outstanding results. Schools, libraries, and MUTTS Clubs organized a variety of “Kids Pawing It Forward” activities, including recycling campaigns and “Barking Bake Sales,” featuring school-baked pet treats. Others students designed flyers, posters, and social media posts to get the Mutt-i-grees message into their communities. The overall goals are to help kids connect emotionally and intellectually with homeless pets, to raise awareness of pet overpopulation and the importance of pet adoption, to encourage volunteerism at a young age — and to have fun!

Many students whose towns were on the Tour For Life route met up with Animal League America’s mobile adoption units and provided support and activities for adopters and their families. In the process, they raised awareness about the plight of shelter animals, as well as funds and wish list donations for their local shelters.

And being the media savvy kids of today, they also garnered online and local news attention, helping spread the Mutt-i-grees goals even further. Students at the North Haven Elementary School, in Jeffersonville, Ind., for instance, clearly had a lot of fun — and delivered a great message — putting together a video of the Top 10 Reasons to Adopt a Pet. Click here to view the video.

Congrats to all! Mutt-i-grees everywhere thank you!